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How to Pray as a Christian

In Christianity, prayer can be both a thanksgiving for God’s goodness and a cry for God’s help. Method and language matter less than openness and honesty, since prayer should be a conversation between you and God.


  • Step 1: Ask God to be with you Start by asking God to be with you.
  • Step 2: Give thanks Recall those things for which you are most grateful.
  • TIP: You may express thanks for your family and health or much smaller things, like the meal you just shared with a friend or the joy you felt at seeing the sun after a rainstorm.
  • Step 3: Replay events Replay the events of the day or past several days, almost like a movie, taking note of where you accepted Jesus’s invitation and where you didn't.
  • TIP: A good time to pray is often at night, when things are usually calmer and you can look back on the day that’s just come to a close.
  • Step 4: Pray for others Think of other people you want to pray for.
  • Step 5: Pray for yourself Do not hesitate to pray for yourself by requesting help from Jesus.
  • Step 6: Ask for forgiveness Ask for forgiveness for your sins.
  • Step 7: Ask for the grace of God Ask for the grace of God to accompany you the next day.
  • FACT: In a poll conducted by U.S. News and World Report and, 75.8 percent of Christians said they feel it helps when someone prays for them.

You Will Need

  • Five minutes to yourself
  • An open mind and heart
  • Quiet and solitude (helpful
  • but not necessary) (optional)

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